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Soggy, wet start to your work week
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Soggy, wet start to your work week

Few weather events over the past several weeks could be characterized as "just rain".

We've had snow.  We've had wind.  We've had ice.  Many of you have had a decent dose of each.

But for the next 48 hours, the vast majority of you will have - just rain.

A low pressure area is passing by to our north, but it will drag a front through Western Washington on Sunday.  Showers will become more widespread this evening and overnight ahead of the front, and Sunday will likely be a rather soggy day.  Overnight lows will be milder (upper 30s/low 40s) and tomorrow's highs will be close to normal (upper 40s).

The snow level on Sunday will rise all the way to 6500 feet, meaning it will be rain and not snow at Snoqualmie Pass and Stevens Pass.  The snow level will be lower in the North Cascades, and a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for that one location for moderate to heavy snow above 4500 feet (including Mt. Baker).

Showers will continue behind the front on Monday.  Highs will reach the upper 40s.  A different front will produce similar results on Tuesday and Wednesday, as showers are likely both days.  Overnight lows will remain milder and daytime temperatures will stay out of the "cold" category.

The overall upper-air pattern shifts starting Thursday, and fans of some "early-spring-like" weather will likely be pleased.  An upper-level area of high pressure will keep the next several weather systems away, allowing Western Washington to dry out for a minimum of 2-3 days.  If this pattern comes to fruition, plan on chilly mornings, partly sunny afternoons, and daytime temperatures climbing into the low 50s.

Long-range computer forecast models keep much of the country -- including the Pacific Northwest -- warmer than average and drier than average for the first full week of February.

For now, though, enjoy the just rain.

Make it a great day --
Paul Deanno, KOMO4 Meteorologist
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